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Are you still angry and bitter?

HE strong person is not the good wrestler. Rather, the strong person is the one who controls himself when he is angry” (Anonymous).

When was the last time you got angry? Not too long ago, I guess. It’s given that in today’s world, so many things can irritate you. All the more reason to strive to remain calm and wise – unless you can prove (I’m sure you won’t succeed) that getting angry and feeding your anger will bring you benefits.

The truth is, anger robs you of peace and joy. While your concern and your arguments may be valid, your emotion allows you to focus on a single issue (which, perhaps) cannot be changed or an individual who refuses to change. Your anger makes you fail to appreciate even the simple, daily blessings. It makes you irritable, lonely, and sickly. You don’t really get anything. You even lose what you’ve got – so control your anger, or it will control you… and when it finally does, you will surely regret it.

You’ve heard about numerous individuals who allowed anger to get the better of them and consequently lost everything that was important to them. “Holding anger is a poison. It eats you from inside. We think that hating is a weapon that attacks the person who harmed us. But hatred is a curved blade. And the harm we do, we do to ourselves” (Mitch Albom).

Were you thankful that you managed to control yourself the last time you got angry? Things could be worse if you hadn’t. Anger is a valid emotion and it has to be expressed without necessarily saying or doing anything offensive.

Keep calm, and leave enough room for peace and happiness. Life is too short!

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Marilyn Arayata: Inspirational author, columnist, speaker, and former DLSU-D faculty, your partner in preventing bullying, depression, and suicide. E-mail inspire.equip@gmail.com. Like the Hope Boosters Facebook Page for nuggets of hope and inspiration.

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